Why Build Your Own Pinball Machine?
Ever since we rediscovered pinball not too long ago, we've wanted to "roll our own", so to speak. At first, Sparky suggested getting a Black Knight 2000, since she'd played that a bit in college and remembered it as being pretty cool (it is). We found one in good condition and brought it home. Then we got to thinking -- wouldn't it be neat to customize a pin, or better yet -- build a completely new one? One night not long after, the Pinfool came home with three old '70's electromechanical pins (two "Red Baron"s and a "Hee Haw") in spurious condition, and thus the adventure began.
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What Does "Gothic" Mean?
In popular culture, Gothic can describe an alternative style of dress and music that echo the Victorian Gothic period, as well as an interest in dark music and art. This movement grew out of the punk and New Modern styles of the late 70's and 1980's. Musical groups like The Cure, Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance, NIN, and other dark, brooding music are popular with Gothic folk. Tim Burton movies such as "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas", graphic novels such as "The Crow" and "Sandman", and the art and writings of Edward Gorey are also reflective of the Gothic style.
We've taken inspiration from all this to build Gothic: The Pinball. Combining elements of horror tales, Gothic architecture, and dark music with the everpresent battle between good and evil, life and death, seemed ideal for a complex and artistically interesting game.
Why Are You Using Windows 95?
But I heard that Windows isn't a real-time operating system!